Well I did one for Fall so I'll do one for Winter. I'm not sure what I'm going to watch, and I'm certainly not going to be afraid to drop anime after the catastrophe last season, but as of now I plan on watching Kimi Ni Todoke Season 2, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Gosick, Fractale, Wandering Son, the Supernatural OVA(s), and Hokago no Pleiades.
Kimi Ni Todoke Season 2:
Rather than picking up where the series left off, this season starts with an episode 0 that recaps Kurumi's arc with her added comentary and reflection. The animation and voice acting were on par with the stellar performance of the first season. The episode served well to both develop Kurumi and transition into the next episode, which will take place on Valentine's Day. I'm hoping for as much enjoyment from this season as last, if not more. Not to mention that I absolutely loved the ED. Projected rating: 4.5/5
Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
The genericness of the character designs were painful to watch. It seems like most of the characters were recycled from the last good magical girl anime franchise to be made. The character designs were less than appealing, showing SHAFT's very angular, simple, almost bleached style. There was nothing special to the plot so far, although the sequence near the end made me at least interested in how it would continue. However, despite it's flaws, I acknowledge that magical girl anime take a couple episodes to develop, so I'm willing to give it a chance. Projected rating: 3.5/5
Bones triumpths again with great detail and colors in their animation. It has the quality of FMA:Brotherhood, while having the atmosphere of Ouran High School Host club. The plot has lots of potential, but the first episode being a "proof of concept" one for all intents and purposes, that has yet to be seen. The male lead isn't the most interesting character ever, but he isn't an unlikable lead by any standard. He's one of those middle of the road protagonists like Yuuji from Shakugan no Shana or Akira Takizawa from Eden of the East, not the best ever, but still pretty awesome. And I <3 gothlic lolitas (if you didn't already know from my admiration of Stocking from Panty and Stocking and Kuroneko from OreImo last season). I look forward to what this series has to offer. Projected rating: 4/5
This is my most highly anticipated new anime of the season. No, I haven't read the manga, but all the hype I've heard about this anime has gotten me psyched. When I read that Yutaka Yamamoto of the Hare Hare Yukai was directing (oh, and...those first four episodes of Lucky Star...yeah), I was anxiously awaited the first episode. Naturally, with so much to anticipate, my expectation were set slightly too high. The anime gave the feeling of what would happen if Laputa: Castle in the Sky had a head on collision with The Matrix. The premise is interesting, a seemingly utopian world inside a computer, even though it's been done before in many different media forms. The male lead was rather generic and uninteresting but there's still much room for improvement. The female lead was just...weird. The animation was above average and the effort to give this anime a quality animation budget was obvious, but there was nothing spectacular about it. Overall, this is another show that has lots of potential, and I'll be exicted to see how it develops. Projected rating: 4/5
Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko):
This wasn't an anime I was looking forward to at the beginning of the season, nor was it one that I initially thought that I would watch. I picked it up due to a good general reputation of the manga, and boy was I not disappointed. This anime has the spirit of an Oscar worthy motion picture, dealing with complex themes of modern society utilizing both superb acting and artistic spectacle. Particularly notable was the animation, which seemed hazy and deamlike for most of the first episode, but blossomed into something greater at the critical moment. Corresponding with a perfectly placed piano OST, this anime is coordinated spectacularly. I have really high expectations for this anime to continue impressing me, and hopefully this first episode wasn't just a fluke. Projected Rating: 4.5/5
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